Hudson Griffin

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Hudson Griffin
Spartan Hudson Griffin after being rescued
Biographical information




November 14, 2530[1]


c. May 28, 2560[2] (aged 29)

Cause of death:

Mortally tortured by Chak 'Lok[1][3]

Personal details






208 centimeters (6 ft 10 in)[1]


120 kilograms (260 lb)[1]

Political and military information


Spartan Operations


Hudson Griffin was a SPARTAN-IV supersoldier who served as team leader of Fireteam Taurus in the United Nations Space Command.[1][4]


Post-war years[edit]

Over the course of the Post-Covenant War conflicts between 2557 and 2559, Fireteam Taurus (and thus, presumably Griffin) worked alongside John-117 and Blue Team several times.[4]

Liberating Reach[edit]

Fireteam Taurus were deployed onto Reach in October 2559, during Operation: WOLFE. Alongside Fireteam Intrepid, they were to aid Spartan Commander Sarah Palmer in securing the Viery Militia's nuclear weapons during the Battle of New Mohács—to ensure the weapons could not be used during the fighting and attract unwanted Created attention.[1][4]

Installation 07[edit]

Main article: Battle for Zeta Halo

On December 12, 2559, Fireteam Taurus was onboard the UNSC Infinity when it was ambushed by Banished forces upon arrival at Installation 07. Griffin and the rest of Fireteam Taurus were pinned down by Banished boarders when Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, while escorting Captain Thomas Lasky off the ship, arrived to help.[5][6] Griffin then assisted in escorting Captain Lasky to his lifeboat.[1][7] Fireteam Taurus evacuated on Victor 321, and, under the leadership of Griffin, changed the ship’s landing zone to destroy Banished anti-air artilleries firing at UNSC crafts.[8][9] With sniper support from Spartan Nina Kovan,[10] Taurus disabled two Banished artilleries, and witnessed an explosion on the ring, causing a fracture on its surface.[11]

By December 18, Fireteam Taurus has rendezvoused with other UNSC forces at the wreckage of UNSC Mortal Reverie, which had been found by Spartan Vedrana Makovich and designated as a UNSC base of operations.[12] Griffin took on an operational leadership role among the UNSC forces gathered at the crash site,[13] from which the survivors conducted guerilla warfare against the Banished.[1] On January 20, 2560, Kovan conducted a recon sweep deep inside Banished-occupied territory. She observed that Banished forces were only unified under Escharum, with internal competition among its members. She reported her findings to Griffin, and suggested that an attempt on Banished War Chief Escharum's life may fragment the Banished leadership. Griffin decided their best course of action was to assassinate the War Chief.[14] He decided to send a four-Spartan team to assassinate Escharum, as the other Spartans would be needed to defend the Reverie. The Spartans drew straws, as there were more than four volunteers. In the end, on January 23, 2560, Spartan Griffin led Spartans Panago, Malik, and Sarkar in an assassination mission on the Escharum. Griffin left Bertold Vettel in charge of the UNSC forces at Reverie.[15]

However, Escharum anticipated Griffin's actions. His forces ambushed the Spartan team, killing the other three and leaving Griffin badly wounded. Escharum taunted Griffin, letting him know that he'd sent most of his forces to assault the Reverie. Before being captured, Griffin managed to send an encrypted message to warn Reverie before Escharum handed him over to Chak 'Lok for torture.[1][16] He was forcibly stripped of his armor and placed in a device that put him in constant pain. Thanks to his warning, the UNSC forces at the Reverie were able to prepare for the assault,[17] but the battle ended with the UNSC retreating from the Reverie.[18] Without a base, the survivors were scattered and most were hunted down over the next few months.[19] During this time, Griffin periodically spoke with another prisoner, Lucas Browning, who occupied a cell next to his, though the two never actually saw each other, and Griffin kept his identity a secret from Browning.[20][21] Griffin would remain as Chak 'Lok's prisoner for four months until John-117 stormed the Tower, killed Chak 'Lok, and freed Griffin.[22] Griffin died of his injuries in the Master Chief's arms after warning him that the Banished were after the Conservatory.[1][3]


Spartan Hudson Griffins MK VII Mjolnir Armor
Spartan Griffin's armor in the Tower.

During Operation: WOLFE and the Battle for Zeta Halo, Spartan Griffin wore the Mjolnir GEN3 Mark VII armor, employing the UA/Agathius shoulder pads and Walle gloves. He carried a Threat Sensor, which was recovered by John-117.[3]

Production notes[edit]

  • Hudson Griffin was portrayed by Canadian actor Andrew Kishino.[23] His physical performance was done on motion capture by actor Verlon Roberts.[24]
  • Griffin's Mark VII armor coating, Midnight Griffin, is available in Halo Infinite multiplayer. The coating can be unlocked by accessing the Mjolnir Armory locker under the Tower.


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List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 102
  2. ^ Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Premiere
  3. ^ a b c Halo Infinite, campaign level The Tower
  4. ^ a b c Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 16
  5. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #08 - Losing Ground
  6. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #09 - Taurus
  7. ^ Halo Infinite, UNSC Audio log: Infinity's Approach #12 - Abandon Ship
  8. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Ringfall #05 - Priority One
  9. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #03 - Touchdown
  10. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Evacuation #05 - Overwatch
  11. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Ringfall #05 - Run and Guns
  12. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #01 - Home Away From Home
  13. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 13
  14. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Reverie #06 - Weakness
  15. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #02 - Those Left Behind
  16. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #03 - Confrontation
  17. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #06 - Drawing the Line
  18. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Retaliation #08 - The Retreat
  19. ^ Halo Infinite, Spartan Audio log: Scattered #01 - Rubicon Protocol
  20. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 20
  21. ^ Halo: The Rubicon Protocol, chapter 27
  22. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Of Protocols and Prisons (Retrieved on Mar 7, 2022) [archive]
  23. ^ Halo Infinite, credits
  24. ^ YouTube - Fadam And Friends Podcast, Episode 54 - "Service to Cinema" W/Verlon Roberts - Full Episode